Nintendo SwitchSource: iMore

So you've just got your Nintendo Switch, and you're eagerly awaiting to rip open the box, plug the system in, and start playing your first game; sounds like a great plan, right?

Don't forget; you'll have to set up your Nintendo Switch before you can start playing it. Don't worry, it doesn't take too long, and I'm here to guide you through the process so you can play the best Nintendo Switch games as soon as possible!

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How to set up your Nintendo Switch

  1. If you haven't done so yet, slide the Joy-Con controllers onto their rails.
  2. Press the Power button to turn your Nintendo Switch on; it's on the top of the screen in the left corner.

    Slide Joy Cons OnPower Button Nintendo SwitchSource: Rebecca Spear / iMore

  3. Choose the language you desire.
  4. Choose the region where you live.

    Choose a languageChoose which wireless network for your Switch to connect toSource: iMore

  5. Select Accept to accept the End-User License Agreement.
  6. Select Next.

    Set Up Swtich Check The BoxSet Up Switch Select NextSource: iMore

  7. Choose the wireless network you want your Switch to use.
  8. Enter your Wi-Fi password (if you have one).

    Select your Wi-Fi networkSet Up Switch PasswordSource: iMore

  9. Select OK or press the + button on the right Joy-Con.

  10. Select OK once the Switch has successfully connected to the network.

    Set Up Swtich Select OkSet Up Switch Internet OkSource: iMore

  11. Choose your time zone.

  12. If you want to play on your TV, select Connect to TV. If you don't want to do that right now, you can choose to go through the TV set up later.

    Choose your time zoneDetach the Joy-Cons from either side of the SwitchSource: iMore

  13. Detach the Joy-Con controllers from either side of the Switch by holding the release button on the back and sliding the controllers upwards.

  14. Select Next.

    Joy Con Release ButtonUse the Joy-Cons to select Next by pressing ASource: Rebecca Spear / iMore and iMore

  15. Select Next on the "You will need the following" screen.
  16. Set up the Nintendo Switch Dock as seen on the screen and select Next.

    Select Next on the "You will need" screen.Set up the Nintendo Switch Dock as shown on the screen then press NextSource: iMore

  17. Connect the Nintendo Switch Dock to your TV and power source as show on the screen.
  18. Place the Switch console into the dock. Make sure your TV is set to display the proper HDMI input.

    Connect the dock to your TV using an HDMI cableNintendo Switch In DockSource: iMore and Rebecca Spear / iMore

  19. Select Success when your TV displays the image.

  20. Select Next to create a New User.

    Set Up Switch SuccessSet Up Switch Next User IconSource: iMore

  21. Select an icon to represent your user. You can also create a Mii if you'd prefer, and you can change this icon at any time.
  22. Enter a nickname for the user.

    Set Up Switch Choose IconSet Up Switch Entern NicknameSource: iMore

  23. Select OK.
  24. Select skip. Alternatively, you can set up more users by selecting Add Another User.

    Set Up Switch Nickname OkSet Up Switch Skip New User InklingSource: iMore

  25. Choose to Configure Parental Controls or Skip. I chose to skip this step.
  26. Press the HOME button on the right Joy-Con controller.

    Configure Parental ControlsPress the Home ButtonSource: iMore

There you have it! Your Nintendo Switch is set up and ready to go. Now you can play your favorite Nintendo titles just about anywhere.

Any trouble with the setup?

Are you having trouble setting up your Nintendo Switch? Let everybody know in the comments below, and together I'm sure we can figure it out. Let's help each other out!

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